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Minutes: April 23, 2014
Mr. Tadrick called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Statement of Compliance
Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this regular meeting has been provided to the public and the press on January 14, 2014 by delivering to the press such notice and posting same at the municipal building and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.
|Roll Call||Also Present|
|Mayor Marotta||P||Jessica Caldwell, Board Planner|
|Diane Wexler||P||Michael Garofalo, Esq., Board Attorney|
|Councilmember Rizzuto||P||Cory Stoner, Board Engineer|
|Martin Theobald||NP||Kim Decker, Board Secretary|
|Richard Spoerl||P||Cynthia Davis, Recording Secretary|
|Chris Hack (#1 Alt)||P|
|Ed Rolando (#2 Alt)||P|
|Valerie Seufert (#3 Alt)||P|
|Kristi Raperto (#4 Alt)||NP|
Mr. Tadrick reported that all members absent tonight informed the board that they would not be in attendance. Mr. Theobald was recused from the Mountain Creek hearing.
Open Meeting to the Public for Items Other than Those Listed on the Agenda
No one came forward.
Close Meeting to the Public
PB# 2-91-4: Mountain Creek Resort, Inc. - 2014 Water Park Master Plan Update
Mr. Fetterly, Esq., general counsel for Mountain Creek, came forward and explained that the applicant was before the board tonight to discuss the 2014 Master Plan Update for the Action Park Amusement Park which includes all of projects completed in the last year and the proposed projects for this year.
Andrew Mulvihill, Pres. and Bill Bennyan, V.P., of Mountain Creek Inc. came forward and were sworn in by the board attorney. Mr. Mulvihill stated that the goal is to get the water park back up to the amount of visits as it’s had past. The plan of attack is to “bring back all the thrills but none of the spills.” Mountain Creek had their regional center approved from Vernon Township and Sussex County which allows them to raise money from foreign nationals. Mr. Mulvihill said he believes they can raise $40 mil for the indoor water park which would be good for the company and the town.
Mr. Mulvihill discussed the traffic issue this past winter. He said it wasn’t handled properly by Mountain Creek and apologized. He explained that there is enough room for adequate parking but that the parking plan needs to be managed properly.
Mr. Bennyan came forward and showed a video of the new rides Super Loop and the Drop Kick and showed the locations for each - near Zero G and behind the Red Tail Lodge, respectively. There will be a new lounge area with pools near the prior Kamikaze ride. The batting cage will be re-located near the mini golf and a new go-kart feature will be located on the concrete pad below the mini golf. The go-karts will be there for 1 or 2 years only. Ms. Caldwell asked if Summer Dry Tubing is part of this update. Mr. Bennyan said there will be 4 lanes of dry tubing for children and will not require any re-grading. Mr. Mulvihill advised that all of the rides need to be approved and certified by the State of NJ and are inspected before and at installation and then annually.
Mr. Bennyan said there will also be dry tubing at the current snow tubing area with 3 lanes plus 1 shorter lane. Mr. Mulvihill advised that the indoor water park hotel is proposed to go onto the site where the go-karts will be located.
Mr. Fetterly said that items A-S on the list are already approved but not yet constructed. Items W-CC are newly proposed. Mr. Tadrick asked when the items A-S were approved. Mr. Fetterly said that the 1992 ordinance was set up to have a sub-committee to meet and make decisions.
Mr. Spoerl suggested that the fencing needs to be fixed. It was agreed by Mr. Mulvihill who confirmed that that will be done.
Mr. Fetterly suggested, with regard to item #6, River Ride, which requires substantial grading, they work directly with Mr. Stoner and, if nothing can be agreed upon, then the issue will go before the sub-committee. Mr. Mulvihill confirmed that Mountain Creek will notify Mr. Stoner with considerable amount of time prior to working on the River Ride.
Mr. Stoner confirmed that there are currently 4056 parking spots which includes the South Lodge and that the parking is sufficient. The South Lodge contains 980 parking spots.
Ms. Caldwell suggested that approvals should not be made carte-blanche for all of the rides, including the River Ride and other rides which have not yet been discussed. Mr. Stoner said that River Ride will require a site plan which Mr. Mulvihill agreed.
Mr. Garofalo stated that he is inclined to recommend that the process that is outlined in the 1992 resolution, be adhered to by the board. If the board will approve items W-CC, it needs to be put in writing. Ms. Caldwell suggested that the items in yellow (items A-S) stay as proposed, to be discussed again, regarding their impacts. Mr. Mulvihill stated that these items have already been approved and possibly the minutes can be reviewed. He also asked if this could be discussed with the sub-committee at a later date.
Ms. Caldwell said that parking and pedestrian circulation plans should be looked at at the sub-committee level. Mayor Marotta asked that Mountain Creek develop a management plan that guarantees that the cars will get off the roads quickly and not create a traffic jam. Mr. Mulvihill suggested providing the management plan for the sub-committee’s approval. Mayor Marotta suggested Mountain Creek enlist Captain Moran’s expertise with regard to this issue.
Motion: Mayor Marotta made a motion to approve the following features: Zero G, Drop Kick, food & beverage and pool lounge conditioned upon the applicant provide the management plan for Action Park to the sub-committee, as outlined in the resolution. The plans for the batting cages and go-karts to be further reviewed by the board engineer and put on the next meeting’s agenda for board approval. Ms. Seufert seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: MAROTTA - Y, WEXLER - Y, RIZZUTO - Y, SPOERL - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, PALADINI - Y, HACK - Y, SEUFERT - Y. Mr. Rolando abstained. Passed.
April 9, 2014: Regular Meeting Minutes (Marotta, Rizzuto, Theobald, Tadrick, Ferrer, Paladini, Hack, Rolando)
Motion: Mayor Marotta made a motion to approve the minutes, above. Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: MAROTTA - Y, RIZZUTO - Y, TADRICK - Y, PALADINI - Y, HACK - Y, ROLANDO - Y. Passed.
Cynthia Davis’s voucher for $30.00 was read into the record.
Motion: Mayor Marotta made a motion and Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion to approve the board fees listed on the agenda. ROLL CALL: MAROTTA - Y, WEXLER - Y, RIZZUTO - Y, SPOERL - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, PALADINI - Y, HACK - Y, ROLANDO - Y, SEUFERT - Y.
Requests for Escrows to Be Closed
Motion: Ms. Seufert made a motion and Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. All were in favor.
These minutes were transcribed by Cynthia Davis on May 8, 2014.